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Sony ECM-M1 Compact Camera-Mount Digital Shotgun Microphone

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Sony ECM-M1 Compact Camera-Mount Digital Shotgun Microphone
Key Features
  • Content Creator, Podcaster, Videographer
  • For Sony Cameras with MI Shoe
  • Advanced Beamforming Technology
  • 8 Selectable Modes/Pickup Patterns
Featuring an even more compact form factor than its predecessors and four diamond-patterned capsules, the Sony ECM-M1 is a camera-mount digital shotgun microphone designed for creators using Sony cameras equipped with the Multi Interface Shoe needing to switch between interview shooting and social media content all in one device. Internal digital signal processing and advanced beamforming render clear recordings with the ability to toggle noise-cut and low-cut filters. Superdirectional pickup pattern with both front and rear pickup has eight selectable modes for the ultimate recording flexibility.
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Sony ECM-M1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Eight Selectable Pickup Patterns and Recording Modes
  • 4Noise Filters, Onboard Switch Control
  • 5Compact and Portable Mic
  • 6Cable-Free Connection, Vibration Suppressing Design
  • 7Supplied Windscreen, Dust and Moisture Resistant
Featuring an even more compact form factor than its predecessors and four diamond-patterned capsules, the Sony ECM-M1 is a camera-mount digital shotgun microphone designed for creators using Sony cameras equipped with the Multi Interface Shoe needing to switch between interview shooting and social media content all in one device. Internal digital signal processing and advanced beamforming render clear recordings with the ability to toggle noise-cut and low-cut filters. Superdirectional pickup pattern with both front and rear pickup has eight selectable modes for the ultimate recording flexibility.
Eight Selectable Pickup Patterns and Recording Modes
Using an onboard dial control, choose between eight different recording modes, including stereo, to suit different recording scenarios. Because the embedded condensers are laid out in a diamond orientation, the ECM-M1 can isolate the left, right, rear, or front audio sources and record separate channels simultaneously. Selectable modes include superdirectional, unidirectional, omnidirectional, superdirectional (rear), superdirectional (front and rear), super directional (front and rear separate), stereo, and ultra-directional.
Superdirectional and Ultra-Directional: Focused Front Area
Ideal for vlogs or interviews where your subject in front of the camera is the main focus, the superdirectional pattern collects sound from a focused area in front of the microphone, effectively suppressing sounds from off-axis and behind the camera. Choose between front and rear superdirectional orientations. Ultra-directional compresses this area even further for a more limited pickup range.
Unidirectional: Wide Frontal Range
Perfect for multi-person conversations, the unidirectional pattern captures sound from a wide field in front of the microphone, while minimizing pickup from behind.
Omnidirectional: Sound from Any Direction
The omnidirectional pattern picks up audio equally from all directions, useful for recording environmental sounds or the voice of the camera operator.
Front and Rear Recording
Record from both the front and rear of the camera, a mode especially useful during interviews where you wish to capture the interviewer's voice or reactions. You can also pick up the front and rear audio in two separate channels for more intuitive adjustment during postproduction. This same technology allows you to record a stereo safety track automatically.
Noise Filters, Onboard Switch Control
Controls for pickup pattern, gain, and audio level are easy to reach on the rear and side panels and visible at a glance for quick adjustments during shooting. The ECM-M1's noise-cut filter and low-cut filter are very effective at reducing extraneous ambient noises and cutting out low-frequency noise through the use of digital signal processing algorithms, maximizing audio quality at the recording stage and reducing the need for complex post-processing.
Compact and Portable Mic
The microphone's 2.8" total length allows you to use it while wide-angle lenses, viewfinders, and gimbals where rig space is precious.
Cable-Free Connection, Vibration Suppressing Design
No cables are required for connection to a wide range of Sony cameras equipped with an MI shoe. The absence of connecting cables means that no noise can be transmitted to the microphone mechanically via cables and connectors. The ECM-M1 features an advanced shock- and vibration-suppressing design to effectively minimize low-frequency or handling noise, which can degrade audio quality.
Supplied Windscreen, Dust and Moisture Resistant
The ECM-M1 comes with a furry windshield that's easily detachable and effective with reducing wind noise for capturing crisp audio on outdoor shoots. Its dust and moisture resistant design makes it even more ideal for challenging weather conditions.

Sony ECM-M1 Specs

Key Specs
Element Type
4x Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern
Multi-Directional, Omnidirectional, Supercardioid, Unidirectional
On-Board Controls
Gain/Sensitivity, LF, Polar Pattern
Frequency Range
40 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
120 dB SPL
USB/Digital Output
1x Sony Multi Interface Shoe (on Mic)
Microphone
Primary Applications
Audio for Video, Location Sound
Form Factor
Camera-Mount
Intended Sound Sources
Speech/Voice-Over, Dialogue
Sound Field
Mono, Stereo
Element Type
4x Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern
Multi-Directional, Omnidirectional, Supercardioid, Unidirectional
Pattern Selection
Switched
Orientation
End Address
High-Pass Filter
No
Tone Adjustment
Low Cut
Gain Adjustment
0 dB to 20 dB
On-Board Controls
Gain/Sensitivity, LF, Polar Pattern
Performance
Frequency Range
40 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
120 dB SPL
Sensitivity
-20 dBFS at 1 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
14 dB SPL
Connectivity
Analog Output
No
USB/Digital Output
1x Sony Multi Interface Shoe (on Mic)
Headphone Output
No
Wireless
No
Digital Audio
Sample Rate
48 kHz
Digital Signal Processing
Noise Reduction
OS Compatibility
No
Mobile App Compatible
No
*As of July, 2023: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Power
Bus Power
No
Operating Voltage
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Physical
Color
Black
Mounting
Camera/Shoe-Mount (via Integrated Hardware)
Mounting Thread Size
Included Mount Has No Threading
Included Filters
No
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions
H: 2.8 x W: 1.6 x L: 2.5" / H: 72.2 x W: 40 x L: 64.4 mm
Weight
2.3 oz / 65 g (Microphone)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.385 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
5.4 x 4.1 x 4.1"

Sony ECM-M1 Reviews

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Does the ECM1-M1 work on non-Sony cameras, e.g. ...

Does the ECM1-M1 work on non-Sony cameras, e.g. Leica SL2-S?
Asked by: Moritz
No, the Sony ECM-M1 is only for Sony cameras with an MI shoe.
Answered by: calvinm
Date published: 2023-07-14

Can I use this microphone connected to my ...

Can I use this microphone connected to my computer as well as my sony camera? (via USB-C port)
Asked by: SEUNG HUN
No. The Sony ECM-M1 Compact Camera-Mount Digital Shotgun Microphone is intended for use with Sony cameras equipped with the Sony Multi Interface shoe. It is not compatible for use with a computer via USB.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2023-08-04

how does this fair with the older on camera mic ...

how does this fair with the older on camera mic you have? is there a big difference in terms of audio quality?
Asked by: Patrick
Ok but the older Sony on cam mic was also wireless. So how is this one better?
Answered by: Patrick
Date published: 2023-07-14

How is this unit fundamentally different than the ...

How is this unit fundamentally different than the Sony ECM-B1M Shotgun Mic? Is this an upgrade? Is there an advantage?
Asked by: Tovia
The ECM-M1 provides stereo while the ECM-B1M is mono only.
Answered by: C. Milton
Date published: 2023-09-04

is this compatible with sony zv1 mark 2?

is this compatible with sony zv1 mark 2?
Asked by: Bao
The Sony ECM-M1 is fully compatible with the Sony ZVE1, ZVE1 II and ZV E10 cameras.
Answered by: Chuck
Date published: 2023-07-13

Is this compatible with the A6400 and any earlier ...

Is this compatible with the A6400 and any earlier series models?
Asked by: EDWARD
The ECM-M1 compact shotgun microphone is compatible with all cameras with the MI Shoe including the A6400. Sony's digital beamforming technology is only available on newer cameras that support this feature. When used on a camera like the A6400, you would set the "DIGITAL/ANALOG switch" to "ANALOG". You can see Sony's full compatibility chart here: https://bhpho.to/44pHsOC
Answered by: Chuck
Date published: 2023-07-13

What is the advantage of using "digital" mode ...

What is the advantage of using "digital" mode over "analog"? (From someone who can only use analog via A7iii)
Asked by: Bobby
The Sony ECM-M1 Compact Camera-Mount Digital Shotgun Microphone can be used with Sony cameras that are equipped with a digital Multi Interface shoe. The mic attaches to the MI shoe with a cable-free connection and sends digital audio into the camera. Digital audio is typically cleaner with very low noise and records at a higher resolution in the camera than analog audio. The ECM-M1 does not have an analog output so it cannot be connected to wired mic input using a cable.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2023-08-14

Can you also plug in a Rode wireless go receiver ...

Can you also plug in a Rode wireless go receiver & get a shotgun channel as well as a wireless lav channel?
Asked by: Alexander
No, the Sony ECM-M1 Compact Camera-Mount Digital Shotgun Microphone and RODE Wireless GO II Digital Wireless Microphone System cannot be used at the same time, You have the option of either using a mic connected via the Multi Interface Shoe or to the camera's 3.5mm mic input, but not to both inputs. Only one type of mic input connection on the camera can be used,
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2023-07-24
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